An heirloom cowpea variety that sets strong yields of deep purple colored pods on compact 24” plants, Coronet is an improved Pinkeye Purple Hull type. . They can be boiled, frozen, canned, or dried. Green seeds can even be roasted like peanuts. Coronet was bred at the University of Georgia, Agricultural Experiment Station as a complex, but stabilized cross between Pinkeye Purple Hull and Iron. It reportedly has a tolerance to cowpea strains of southern bean mosaic and cucumber mosaic viruses. Seeds are cream colored with a maroon colored eye and a smooth seed coat.
**Cowpeas, Southern Peas, are the most productive and heat tolerant legumes around. Cowpeas come in bush, vine, tall and short varieties. Great for stopping soil erosion and weed suppression. Cowpeas make an excellent Nitrogen source ahead of fall-planted crops and attract many beneficial insects. Cowpeas grow well on poor land and add lots of organic matter to the soil. Also, they make a good animal fodder crop.
Pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms. Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. However, as long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
This variety has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of certain items like jewelry or furniture.
* This is an estimated guide. Conditions may vary considerably due to location.